EURACTIV reports that the Portuguese presidency of the EU Council is committed to reforming the EU’s massive farming subsidies programme.
It won’t overlook the transition toward a more sustainable food system, the Portuguese farm minister said in an exclusive interview.
Maria do Céu Antunes is the Portuguese agriculture minister and will chair the Agrifish EU Council until 30 June. She spoke to EURACTIV’s agrifood editor Gerardo Fortuna.
She said the Portuguese presidency intends to contribute to the European recovery, highlighting its activities in three central priorities, namely a fairer, greener and more digital Europe.
Where agriculture is concerned, priorities include the ‘greener’ pillar: to promote the recovery and structural strengthening of the European agri-food system, as well as the digitalisation of the sector. But also ensuring the sustainability of the rural world through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, the action plan for the development of EU organic production, the continuity of the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, and the long term vision for the rural world.